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Nonprofit Overview

Causes: Education, Literacy, Remedial Reading & Encouragement

Mission: Rhode Island Tutorial and Educational Services, Inc. (RITES) is dedicated to providing high-quality, multisensory, research-based and proven educational instruction to improve students’ academic skills for lifelong success.

Target demographics: Rhode Island and Southeastern Mass. K-12 students and adults with learning difficulties, such as ADHD, Dyslexia, NLD, and language processing.

Direct beneficiaries per year: Over 300 students

Geographic areas served: Rhode Island and Southeaster Massachusetts

Programs: 1-to-1 personalized tutoring and well-crafted small-group classes taught by highly skilled master teachers. RITES changes the outcome for students ranging from Pre-Kindergarten to adult learners. Whether a student struggles with a language-based disorder or needs support with critical skills, the RITES approach ensures tailored instruction, tracked progress, close parent communication, and ongoing resources for families.

Community Stories

44 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

Client Served

Rating: 5

Words cannot express my gratitude toward RITES. My son was NOT progressing at school, even with added resources. In one year tutoring with rites, my son was flying through reading levels. We are now approaching year two, He is almost to grade level. I feel that the services RITES offers are a life saver for my son. He could have given up on his education. He was falling through the cracks at his school. Rites (and especially his tutor Jeanne) have helped his success , not only in reading but writing, spelling, handwriting, self efficacy, and most importantly self esteem. What RITES does is amazing, nothing short of a miracle.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

I have been a tutor at RITES for many years and continue to be proud to be affiliated with this fine organization. RITES provides high quality tutoring that is individualized to meet the learning needs of each student. RITES is continuing to expand its scholarship funds to provide needed educational services for more students.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

I have been a special education teacher for over twenty years. For the last he last five years I have primarily focused on working with students with learning disabilities. I was a teacher in the RITES Code Breakers program this summer at the Hamilton School. I found the RITES program to be well run, the director provided fantastic clinical support, and the students were a joy to work with. Using the OG method in a supportive and positive atmosphere with a low teacher: student ratio, that honors the learning style of each student, I was impressed at how much the growth the students made! It really was high quality instruction in an optimal environment. I loved working at RITES and feel the students receive a very special experience when they attend the programs or 1:1 tutoring RITES provides.

Janet83

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

I’m a tutor at RITES, specializing in middle and high school math and science, as well as SAT and ACT prep. I feel very fortunate to work at RITES. Directors Lisa and Halley are genuinely concerned with providing the best possible instruction for each student. They provide extensive experience, resources, and training to support their tutors in addressing any and all needs of each student.

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

I have been a math/science/study skills tutor at RITES for nearly 2 years, and have enjoyed immensely working with the dedicated RITES staff. I have been very impressed with their commitment to provide each and every student with the resources and help that they require. They have provided me with valuable advice and resources on many occasions when I've had to deal with challenging situations.

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

Rhode Island Tutorial and Educational Services is a professional educational organization. I have worked as a tutor there for several years and have always been impressed with the knowledge, caring, and support of the directors. Programs for each student are carefully thought out and implemented. The student's needs and abilities are carefully considered when developing a program for tutoring. Rhode Island Tutorial and Educational Services is the place to contact for a student in need of educational assistance. I highly recommend this organization to any parent looking for tutoring.

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

I am a special education teacher and Orton- Gillingham tutor. I have worked with Rhode Island Tutorial & Educational Services for several years. The students I have worked with have shown consistent academic growth. This is due to the caring and professional atmosphere of the learning center. High quality materials and support for the tutoring staff is the key to this great organization.

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

As a tutor for RITES for several years, I have witnessed first hand all the thought and compassion that goes into helping RITES students to succeed. The list of services available to students has expanded in recent years. These services include not only tutoring for the student, but also support for parents along the difficult path to obtaining appropriate services for their child.

Ashley172

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

RITES is very thorough and is attentive to each student's individual needs.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

As a RITES tutor, I have seen the great care the RITES administration takes in setting students up for success. They provide a personal consultation with the student, family and tutor where concerns are discussed in detail.
RITES hires expert teachers and provides effective instructional tools. Tutoring is tailored to the individual student and progress is closely monitored. As a team, we are committed to a positive outcome for each of our students.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

I have been fortunate to work with the directors of RITES (Rhode Island Tutorial & Educational Services. The organization is extremely well organized and accommodating to the tutors and tutees. The support received from Haley and Lisa is beyond expectation.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

RITES is an exceptional resource for students and families. Their staff is highly trained in multi-sensory educational strategies and they all strive to meet the needs of their clients. The expertise and professionalism of the directors and staff is unmatched, and is truly what makes RITES such an amazing place!

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

I rely on RITES regularly. I refer parents, teachers, and tutors and I am never disappointed. They understand learning differences and they communicate effectively with all interested parties. Their tutors and teachers are well trained. The two co-directors, Lisa Bigney and Halley Lavenstein, supervise tutors effectively and administrate programs such as the summer school at The Hamilton School at Wheeler very very well! Thank you, RITES!

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

As a tutor working with RITES, I have seen seriously struggling learners begin to bloom with their highly individualized, student-centered approach to learning. All students, whatever their financial or educational situations may be, are genuinely valued which leads to wonderful outcomes for students and families.

Ellen71

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

As a lawyer, I work with families to get children the special education services that they need. RITES did an absolutely amazing job with a client of mine. He made dramatic progress working with RITES tutors, making years of gains in a period of a year. The RITES staff worked closely with his mother and the school district to provide him with services. They provided tremendous insight and were very flexible about increasing services and recommending outside services when appropriate.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

All families I have referred have been impressed with the valuable expertise and responsiveness of the RITES staff.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

I have been a RITES tutor for several years, and I continue to be impressed with the professionalism of its staff and the quality of services that RITES provides. The tutors are dedicated, highly skilled educators who have a genuine interest in their students. The professional development for tutors and the informational workshops for parents are always high quality. RITES continues to be an invaluable resource for students and their families throughout the area.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

The services that RITES provides to young individuals in the greater Providence area is wonderful. They have many qualified professionals on their staff that make a difference in the academic lives of youngsters. In addition, the educators help students learn to believe in themselves, find strategies to overcome obstacles in learning and move forward int their academics.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

There is no other program like RITES in Rhode Island. They are an authentic group of professionals who genuinely love what they do. The tutoring services are top notch; care is taken in both pre and post assessments; individual goals are developed along with a plan to meet them; and students learn using multi-sensory resources, including lots of games. The summer program takes all of these strengths and puts them together in a fun program filled with lots of learning and confidence-building.

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

RITES goes above and beyond expectations with all children, all of the time. I have referred students to their programs always with amazing results. they truly understand dyslexia and other language-based learning challenges set within the child development context. Their staff is a top notch group who never seems to forget that the child is at the center of everything. 5 Stars is not a high enough rating for this organization.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

RITES offers the individualization that many students need to succeed. Each lesson is designed so the learner meets with success and makes steady progress over the course of the year. There is no set program or one size fits all!

Teoftig

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

Rhode Island Tutorial and Educational Services (RITES) is a fabulous place to work and aids students aged elementary through adult. The directors, Lisa Bigney and Halley Lavenstein, show immense effort, concern, and professional assistance in providing many families with the information and placements needed to help their students be successful. From first hand experience as a RITES employee, I can say confidently that the personnel are highly educated, experienced, and motivated to see students identify their best learning strategies, strengths, and challenges with the outcome being individual successes for all involved in the life long learning process. It is with highest regard that I write this review for RITES as the caring, supportive, and committed organization seeking positive achievement and growth for all students.

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

I am a certified elementary school teacher and Reading Specialist who works part time for RITEs. It has been a wonderful and rewarding experience. The directors are supportive, intuitive, and professional. I enjoy our exchanges which our validating and encouraging. It is truly my pleasure to be working with dedicated colleagues who help to influence and improve the lives of so many students. RITEs is a rewarding experience for students, their parents, and tutors alike.

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

I am a Reading Specialist and have been a tutor for RITES for many years. I was very excited to begin working at the Learning Center after meeting co-directors, Lisa Bigney and Halley Lavenstein. Both women are extremely professional and knowledgeable. My colleagues there are extremely well-trained. I enjoy working one-on-one, providing Reading support to children. I am also a member of the RITES Summer School program. Each year is a pleasure!

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

I am a Reading Specialist and have been tutoring RITES students for seven years. It has been my pleasure to work with students of all ages. I have also worked as a teacher in the Hamilton summer program, which is something that I have thoroughly enjoyed. Lisa Bigney and Halley Lavenstein, co-directors of the organization, are extremely professional. They are always willing to work with their teachers to create a program that is desgned specifically to meet the needs of the student. Professional Development is constantly offered to teachers. Informative workshops are often available to parents. Parent feedback is always positive, saying they are pleased to have found RITES and their child has benefitted from the experience.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

RITES is a professional, caring organization devoted to helping students succeed. As a tutor, I have really appreciated working with Halley and Lisa to fine- tune programs for individual students. I have also appreciated the continuing professional training and materials that RITES provides.

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

As a professional in the field, I continue to be impressed with the caliber and commitment of the RITES staff. From the moment I started working for the RITES program as a tutor, Halley and Lisa have made themselves available to brainstorm with tutors and construct plans to best fit the students' needs. Opportunities are made available to us to update our skills and knowledge so that we are abreast of advances in the field. Everytime, I leave a group meeting at RITES, I am reminded of how fortunate I am to be working with such skilled and caring people.